LMA 2006 smashes transfer window

Detailed transfer dealings and enhanced interactive TV touted for footy managerial sim. New screens inside

As another transfer window passes, the footballing world gawps open-mouthed at Michael Owen's unlikely transfer to Newcastle. Incredible dealings on Souness' part, but you just know a deal like that is going to be wrought with get-out clauses. And it's these small print shenanigans that LMA Manager 2006 is striving to convey.

Codemasters' management sim is promising a massively revised transfer system. Amongst all the new highlights included are extra negotiating tactics, contract clauses, swap deals, sell-on fees and appearance bonuses. And if you're like West Ham, you'll bound to be spitting curses at a last-minute breakdown of negotiations minutes before that transfer deadline looms (Benni McCarthy - denied!).

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But LMA Manager 2006's improvements don't just end there. The interactive TV section has been expanded too - a bit like Rooney trying to fit into a pair of 32"-waist shorts.

As well as the familiar match highlights and stats, brand new 'News Reports' promise to deliver the latest transfer dealings, appointments, injuries and - more importantly - rumours, so you'll have a sneak idea of who's unsettled, who's being courted by who, and who's the latest star to be embroiled in food wars with Alex Ferguson.

Complementing this will be 'News Flashes', which provide visual reports of important events, such as players winning awards or new managers being appointed (expect Newcastle and Villa to be featured a lot in the latter!).

LMA Manager 2006 is hitting Xbox and PS2 in late-October, complete with Gary Lineker cup draws. Xbox 360 and PC versions are also expected in March 2006. If you fancy yourself as the 'Chosen One', while away the countdown by glancing over these new screens from the interactive TV 'Football One' section.